The Alchemist / Ninkasi / Stone More Brown than Black IPA

The Alchemist / Ninkasi / Stone More Brown than Black IPA

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Brewed by Stone Brewing Company

Escondido, CA, United States

Style:  American Black Ale

7.4% Alcohol by Volume

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ID: 46844 Last updated 11 years ago Added to database 11 years ago

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Overall Rank1521
Overall Percentile97.1
Style Rank18 of 340
Style Percentile94.7
Lowest Score3.0
Highest Score4.5
Average Score3.914
Weighted Score3.640
Standard Deviation0.505

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  • JERRYMORRISON 2130 reviews
    rated 4.2 10 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 9 | Overall: 9

    Pours a cloudy dark brown with chunks of yeast sediment, medium khaki head, good sticky lacing. Scent leads with pine resin and citrus, backs up with toasted grain, caramel, faint notes of cocoa. Taste leads with quite bitter, but not overly flavorful hop bite, piney and moderate citrus, some floral, lightly sweet caramel with decent roast, chalky cocoa powder, nutty. Medium bodied, moderate carbonation, powdery on the palate. Unique in flavor compared to other beers in the style, quite enjoyable.

  • BEERGUY101 5022 reviews
    rated 3.0 10 years ago

    Aroma: 6 | Appearance: 6 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 6 | Overall: 6

    Sampled on 11/1/2012. This Black IPA pours a dark brown color from a 12oz bottle. Medium to large sized beige rocky foamy head. The aroma is roasty malt, caramel, chocolate and hoppy. A medium bodied Black IPA. The malts are chocolate and roasty. The hops are grapefruity, piney and citrusy. Decent carbonation. A big hoppy Black IPA. The grapefruity clashes a bit with the chocolate malts, but its kind of an interesting combination. And yet, another interesting collaboration beer from Stone. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and crisp. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.

  • SLOWRUNNER77 5682 reviews
    rated 4.0 11 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    As well balanced as possible for being much more of a hop monster than I thought. The malts are in the background a little, mainly Light roast, caramel, and molasses. The hops are abundantly grapefruit and pretty bitter on the back end. Nice brew.

  • SUDSMCDUFF 3781 reviews
    rated 3.8 11 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 8

    Pours a deep brown .. awesome head, lacing is impressive too .. . you can definetly see the brewers come through on this beer .. . very light roast, some sap and burnt hop fields .. . slick smooth mouthfeel, the 7.4 is well done, warms the stomach a bit .. . i might buy again if a touch cheaper .. . . Liquid breakfast. I've had champagne on my Golden Grahams.

  • MIKEMORROW 91 reviews
    rated 4.5 11 years ago

    Aroma: 9 | Appearance: 9 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 10 | Overall: 9

    Hi, I'm Mike and I'm a hophead. I like most all IPAs. But I'm a big fan of truely big IPAs. This one stands out by itsself (more brown than black). Poured a rich carmel color, with a deep thick head. The hops dominate the taste as they sould but the malts do come through smoothly, and balanced. If you like IPAs put this one on your short list! It wont be around for long.

  • RJA 2975 reviews
    rated 4.3 11 years ago

    Aroma: 10 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 9 | Overall: 8

    A dark mahogany colored beer with a big frothy light tan head rising robustly above. There's good hang time on this one. Settles eventually into a thick ringlet and thick film. I get grapefruit in the nose. Lots of citric hops, fruity grapefuit, some pine and nuttiness roastiness. Well crafted in medium-thick smooth body. Too bad I only had one.

  • HONKEYMOFO 1000 reviews
    rated 3.6 11 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 7

    It pours "more brown than black" with some dark orange and a thick and mound-like light-tan head and copious lacing. An aroma of hops, pines and wild grasses, roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, nuts, oranges and citrus, molasses, raisins, and some peppers and spices. The mouthfeel is smooth and fairly rich. Flavors of roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, hops, orange and citrus, nuts, light molasses, raisins, and peppers/spices. Excellent!

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